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Paul Robinson has said that some young players at the Leeds academy will suffer after their season was cut short.

The decision to end the academy season was taken last week and all the players notified by email.

Robinson – whose son is in the academy program – said that decisions would still need to be made by Leeds for next year and that players haven’t had the full chance to prove themselves.

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Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “We had an email Friday, because my boy’s in the academy, the season for the 9s up to the 23s has completely finished.

“They’ve got no real start date for next season. With players hopefully heading back into training shortly, you’d hope that’s a sign that there will be a re-start in the near future.

“In the meantime, there are decisions being made on the future of young players.

“Having this season cut short by three or four months, which is what’s happened, if there was any doubt over a player or they weren’t sure, the players haven’t had the full time to be seen or for decisions to be made. So it can affect the future of young players in a big way.

“Decisions have to be made and players are going to have to be told whether they’re going to be kept on or not.”

The impact of the Coronavirus is being felt all the way through the football world, down the football league pyramid and beyond.

But it’s the young players in the academy, who are the future of the game, who could be hurt the most by it.

Resuming first-team football has to be the priority now for clubs like Leeds and cancelling the academy was the correct decision, but it will still have huge consequences for a lot of young players.

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